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“We have al­ways been sur­prised about this,” ad­mits Kayt Cooper, Co Owner and Wed­ding Plan­ner at Awe­some Caribbean Wed­dings in Saint Lu­cia. “A lot of peo­ple go for very spe­cific flow­ers such as roses, pe­onies, ori­en­tal lilies, chrysan­the­mums, daisies and calla lilies.”

Of course, im­ported flow­ers are much more ex­pen­sive than choos­ing lo­cal flow­ers. You also have to bear in mind that they need to sur­vive the im­por­ta­tion, and some­times planes can get can­celled. Lo­cal flow­ers, on the other hand, can be seen as be­ing fit­ting to the des­ti­na­tion, as well as be­ing more cost ef­fec­tive and has­sle free.

“Some peo­ple want lo­cal flow­ers be­cause the shapes are so dra­matic and we can use the re­ally glossy green dra­matic leaves as well,” says Cooper of those brides who choose from the smor­gas­bord of trop­i­cal blooms avail­able on the is­lands.

For beach wed­dings, brightly coloured flow­ers are well suited. A trop­i­cal bou­quet re­ally ‘pops’ with the light be­cause of the strong sun, and it re­flects on the sand and wa­ter. White and light col­ors they look

great but I love it when peo­ple pick a red, or­ange and yel­low theme for the beach.

If you are get­ting mar­ried in a gar­den set­ting that has lots of green­ery and is a lit­tle bit shaded, lighter colours look lovely and re­ally make an im­pact. Forests

are also shady so bright colours like yel­low, pink or

white re­ally show up well against the back­ground.

With ru­ins and bricked lo­ca­tions we have used a lot

of colour. We like to use drap­ing which adds a

back­drop to all the stonework, and po­si­tion flow­ers

in front. We like to use very bright trop­i­cal

colour-ways and lots of white, as it looks lovely against the stone and the drap­ing.

Some peo­ple just choose a bou­quet and do not want area dec­o­ra­tion at all as the Caribbean is so gor­geous. This is es­pe­cially true for wed­dings that have a nat­u­rally beau­ti­ful back­drop such as Saint

Lu­cia’s iconic land­mark, The Pitons. If cou­ples choose

to have flow­ers, we would keep them in pots rest­ing on the ground rather than canopies and taller ar­range­ments be­cause you do not want to ob­struct the view of the wed­ding party.

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